The Gaza Strip faces an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, impacting livelihoods and access to essential services of its two million residents. Agriculture is one of Gaza’s most critical sectors, and as result of this conflict, they have been immensely affected. Because of the immense damage to Palestinian farms, over 860,000 (60%) Palestinian refugees rely on food aid from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinians in the Near East (UNWRA).
The Gaza Strip faces an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, impacting livelihoods and access to essential services of its two million residents. This crisis has been driven by over 12 years of Israeli blockade and an unresolved internal Palestinian divide, exacerbated from March 2018 by the massive increase in Palestinian casualties in the context of demonstrations taking place near Israel’s perimeter fence, as well as a number of escalations in hostilities between the Israel governments military forces and Palestinian factional armed groups. Agriculture
is one of the most critical sectors for the Palestinian economy as it contributes significantly to income, exports, food security and job creation. However, due to the restrictions of the blockade, ongoing violence, political instability and land loss (from previous conflict destruction) in these regions, Palestinian farmers have been unable to meet even their most basic daily / family needs
, let alone earn a higher income. Consequently, developing sustainable agriculture in the West Bank and Gaza is essential.
HOW IDRF IS HELPING
This project is a humanitarian, lifesaving and rights-based intervention, which will prevent further erosion of livelihood assets, through providing a coping mechanism to the communities most badly affected by the blockade and poor economic conditions in Gaza. Households dependent on agricultural livelihoods – including 30,000 families of farmers, herders and fishers – suffered debilitating damage and losses. This includes virtually all types of assets needed to generate an income from agriculture and supply local markets with food, such as farmland, greenhouses, wells, herds, animal sheds, boats, fishing gear and food processing plants. This is a critical issue given it is currently the only productive sector contributing to minimising food insecurity among the people of Gaza. Welfare Association, with the generous support of IDRF implemented two successful ‘Emergency Support to Gaza Farmers Projects’ in 2017/2018 & 2018/2019.
This project, a continuation of the previous projects, will rehabilitate and plant 144 dunums of land, and 72 farmers will be equipped with all necessary agricultural inputs in order to return to work and restore their lands’ productivity.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
This is a livelihoods project. The budget is utilized for supporting farmers land rehabilitation including; Land preparation, irrigation networks, planting, hiring workers and provision of fertilizers.
$1,527 helps one family rehabilitate 2 dunums of land to become productive livelihood generating assets moving forward
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